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5.25.2004

Head of the Class  
Thanks to its new free public education system, Kenya's oldest primary-school student is 84-year old Kimani Maruge:
Mr Maruge did not have the chance to go to school when he was younger because he took part in the Mau Mau rebellion against the British in the 1950s.

He said one of his main aims for starting school was to learn to count the money he expects to receive in compensation from the authorities for fighting against the British.

He says he also hopes to learn to read the Bible - because he does not trust the version he hears each week in church.

That's so cool. Yes, I'm a sucker for stuff like this.